Apparently not. If you have been watching any part of the hysterics associated with the Fiscal Cliff and the subsequent “deal” struck, everyone owns you… particularly those in government. If you’ve been able to remain sober, read on… pardon me if I slur my typing.
Let’s begin with the basics.
There has been much confusion as of late in regard to what a “principle” is.
We supposedly seek “principled men” to occupy political offices, but then we chastise those who demonstrate those qualities.
We demonize those few who stand up for the principles we think we subscribe to… so let’s figure this out.
Let’s start with the definition of the word:
- basic assumption: an important underlying law or assumption required in a system of thought
- ethical standard: a standard of moral or ethical decision-making
OK… so you should ask yourself why is it so important for President Obama to get the Republicans in Congress to concede on raising taxes even if it’s only for certain “other” people… (for the moment.)
The Principle in question; Do you own your money and by extension yourself?
Capitalism says; “Yes, you own your money and because of that you own yourself.”
Socialism says; “No, you do not own your money… and because of that everyone other than you owns you, if they believe it benefits them.” And who ever they are always think it benefits them.
Once you concede the principle that the Government owns the money, and you don’t, then everything is good for the continued march to Socialism. This is why tax increases are so important to the Left even though they are effectively meaningless in regard to reducing the deficit, let alone the debt. It reinforces the Primary Socialist Principle that Government owns the money and thus by extension owns you. When they say “Is it unreasonable to ask the rich to pay a little more?” what they are actually saying is “Is it unreasonable to force someone to pay more?” They are hoping you keep saying “No, not at all… seems fair.”
In other words, the Democrat/Socialists (and a number of Soft Socialist Republicans) need you to think it is OK to take more money from “other” people. They need you to believe that we should take more money from whomever they choose, right now “the wealthy”, in order to reduce the deficit… or whatever cause du jour. (Note… they will not mention “The Debt” which is truly what will destroy the U.S. soon and suddenly.) They need you to concede that they have the power not to cut out-of-control spending but rather to take your, their, somebody’s money… and then give it to whomever they see fit, because it “belongs to all of us”. (It’s worth noting they often see fit to give your money to donors running unmarketable products produced by solar energy companies which quickly go out business.)
This is a very simple Principle to understand.
Either the money you possess is yours or it is not. Either you allow government to use some of it, or they allow you to use some of it.
So which is it?
There has been some discussion regarding certain Republicans who voted for this “deal” avoiding the Fiscal Cliff. (I will remind everyone, since language seems to be so important, that this deal does nothing to avoid any fiscal cliff. The United States is still speeding unencumbered towards its fiscal demise.) I would offer that holding Republicans accountable during this charade is exactly what needs to be done. It’s time we start talking about our representatives by NAME. Far too many of us assume it’s someone else’s elected official who voted for this or that and never their own… it’s time to change that. It is also assumed that certain politicians who possess a brand image that suggests “Fiscal Conservancy” that they could not/or would not approve of such a ridiculous deal. These are particularly the representatives that need to be challenged as to what Principled Position they operate under. (Like the Hurricane Sandy bill offered 1/2/13 which was full of crappy earmarks and pet projects… we should be outing the authors of this wanton spending for some good old-fashioned hazing if not outright public condemnation.)
What happens to most of our politicians once they reach DC is they abandon all of their principled rhetoric in favor of pragmatism.
This is another reason the Democrat/Leftists in our government see it as crucial to get the Republicans to concede that government owns the money… not you. The Socialists that occupy our government are terrified of those certain individuals that will not opt to be “pragmatic” but instead stand on principle. The Leftists cannot allow anyone to fill a seat in the house, senate and certainly not the presidency who cannot be bought under the paradigm of pragmatism.
Those genuinely standing for the first, simplest and most fundamental principle of Individual Liberty and Freedom must be destroyed… not just destroyed politically but also in the minds of the common American voter… lest the Socialists lose their power.
Those who will fight to possible electoral defeat must be criticized, ridiculed and ostracized by not just the Leftists in the Democrat Party but also those Leftists in the Republican Party. The Media is always ready and willing to help in this effort… lest they lose their power.
You must understand this. If you are Free then you must constantly remind those occupying government that you are allowing them to use some of your money, not the other way around. Otherwise, they will be coming for your money… or in their mind… their money that they have lent you. And they will use Force to get it… that’s what taxation is. Which is why you go to jail if you don’t pay up.
You must also understand that we should never be excited for politicians to “get along” and “get something done”… There is a reason they call each other the “opposition” and it’s a GOOD reason. You should always be very afraid when they “come together” for your supposed benefit. Because it never is.
So don’t be afraid to put Boehner, Ryan and the rest of them on notice. And if they don’t listen start sending your campaign donations directly to primary candidates opposing them. The future of our country depends on it.
The below links are worth the read and applicable to this mess. Pop a beer and read on.